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5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 10/15-10/19


Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.


Hilary Mantel was awarded her second Man Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, a sequel to 2009’s Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall.

Jack Sparrow, uh, I mean, Johnny Depp, announced his partnership with HarperCollins in launching a new imprint called Infinitum Nihil.

It’s started–Apple and Amazon have begun the certainly lengthy process of partially refunding ebook purchases, as per the DOJ’s terms of settlement.

There’s hope yet! Perseus released a statement saying that their expectations for the fiscal year have been exceeded.

JK Rowling has officially sold one million copies of The Casual Vacancy. Only 449 million to go to match Harry!


BONUS LINK! Do you subscribe to Robin Sloan’s eNewsletter? Sloan, the author of the newly released novel, Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, is a Bay Area-based “media inventor” and endearingly enthusiastic about the new (and old) frontiers of books and media. His newsletter only comes about every other month, and it’s always so winsome and fascinating, that being on his email list would be worth the model of what an author newsletter should look like alone. But his digital-positive meditations on book business are invaluable brain-ticklers for the young book professional. His latest newsletter is entitled Then the 16th century smacks you in the face,” in which he demonstrates how antiquarian books are like the iPhone. Don’t even try to say you’re not itching to read that. 


If you come across a “current events in book-biz” link you think is especially helpful, email [email protected] before noon EST every Friday to nominate your pick–it may become one of our “5  Best”!

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